Talking Horses: Can Altior rediscover two-mile zest in Betfair Hurdle? | Greg Wood

Nicky Henderson’s Altior returns to action on Saturday for the first time since the end of his winning streak

Altior, with his winning streak reset from 19 back to zero, will return to action at Newbury on Saturday for the first time since his defeat by Cyrname at Ascot in November, and with Nicky Henderson, his trainer, apparently still regretting his decision to send Altior up against the top-rated chaser in training on his first start of the campaign.

At an event on Monday to launch the buildup to the Betfair Hurdle card at Newbury, where Altior will face a maximum of nine opponents as he attempts to win the Game Spirit Chase for the third year running, Henderson suggested Altior and his connections had “paid the penalty” for running in a much-anticipated head-to-head with Cyrname.

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